“Bad Company: Friends & Politics” November 24

 

Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals

Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. Because, as Paul said, bad company corrupts good morals.

Anyone who thinks the Bible is an old dusty book with little current application has only to read the book of Proverbs and other passages in light of today’s headlines. Just consider the growing list of those accused of sexual immorality, greed, and corruption:

  • Hollywood elite who looked the other way as directors and other powerful men preyed on young women.
  • The perpetrators themselves.
  • Politicians who have been corrupted by power, position and the ability to spend tax-payer dollars to cover their indiscretions.
  • Others afraid or unwilling to criticize, perhaps wondering if they’ll be the next to be outed or accused.
  • Women who have been willing to tolerate abuses to get what they wanted (yes, some were naive or fearful, but do we really believe all of them were mere victims).
  • Those willing to use money and favor, if not, out and out bribery, to get a desired outcome.
  • Those willing to accept it.
  • Politicians and media people willing to stack elections in favor of one candidate or the other; one party or the other.
  • And many other examples.

But bad influences don’t just exist in politics and the entertainment industry. They can exist with our friends, advisers, co-workers, business partners, spouses, and those with whom we spend a great deal of time, whose favor we desire, or whose influence we come under.  Continue reading

“Is the Devil about to REEL You In?” November 23

 

Could the devil be about to reel you in? Could you be nibbling on some bait that he has designed just for you? God has clearly explained just how that happens so we can avoid being ensnared by his bait. But would you recognize it, if it was happening to you? Could the devil be about to reel you in? Could you be nibbling on some bait that he has designed just for you? God has clearly explained just how that happens so we can avoid being ensnared by his bait. But would you recognize it, if it was happening to you?  Continue reading

“How Would Others Describe Your Words?” November 22

 

How would others describe your words? Are the things you say blessing or cursing others? Are your words wholesome and edifying or critical and destructive? Are they full of God's grace and intended to help the hearer understand your care for them or merely spewing bitterness? If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would your words be described as blessing or cursing? How would others describe your words? Are the things you say blessing or cursing others? Are your words wholesome and edifying or critical and destructive? Are they full of God’s grace and intended to help the hearer understand your care for them or merely spewing bitterness? If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would your words be described as blessing or cursing?  Continue reading

“Tinkering with a Broken System” November 20

 

Tinkering with a Broken System - Most people would agree things in our nation are broken, but there's little agreement about what change is needed. Can we tinker with a broken system and expect to fix it?Most people would agree things in our nation are broken, but there’s little agreement about how to change it. Can we tinker with a broken system and expect to fix it?

We not only face great challenges within our nation but attacks and attempted attacks from without seem to be non-stop. How should a Christian respond to those who are sworn to destroy us as a society and individually?  Continue reading

“Should We Submit to Church Authority?” November 19

 

Should we submit to church authority?

How should we view church authority? Should we submit to our church leaders? What is our responsibility? How does God use this “to watch out for our souls”?

We’ll also look at the danger of pride in our own achievements and how we should view helping the poor, including when we should not help. Continue reading

“Where is God When Life is Hard?” November 18

 

Where is God When Life is Hard? - Where is God when life is hard? Does He allow tests and trials in our lives because He is angry? How should we respond to His discipline and what are the dangers of rejecting it? Also, what is the one character quality that will enable us to be all Christ wants us to be, the one without which we cannot come to God or love Him the way we should? It's the same quality required to love and serve others, lead in a godly way, communicate biblically, resolve conflict, deal with the sins of others, and resist sin ourselves.Where is God when life is hard? Does He allow tests and trials in our lives because He is angry? How should we respond to His discipline and what are the dangers of rejecting it?

Also, what is the one character quality that will enable us to be all Christ wants us to be, the one without which we cannot come to God or love Him the way we should? It’s the same quality required to love and serve others, lead in a godly way, communicate biblically, resolve conflict, deal with the sins of others, and resist sin ourselves.  Continue reading

“What Will Steady Us in Tough Times?” November 16

 

What Will Steady Us in Tough Times? - When God asks you to trust Him in the difficult things: when He doesn’t seem to be answering your prayers, when your child isn’t getting better, when the finances still seem impossible, when the doctor hands you a bad report … where will you go? Where will you find hope? What will you believe about God?When God asks you to trust Him in the difficult things: when He doesn’t seem to be answering your prayers, when your child isn’t getting better, when the finances still seem impossible, when the doctor hands you a bad report … where will you go? Where will you find hope? What will you believe about God?

Trusting God makes all the difference in times of suffering. What can we learn about God that will steady us in tough times?  Continue reading

“Church: Necessary or Optional?” November 15

 

Church: Necessary or Optional?What a privilege we have to become children of God and have a personal relationship with Him. But what about our personal relationships within the body of Christ? How do you view church attendance, involvement, and Christian fellowship? Is it a requirement for a Christian? Is it a duty? Is it even necessary?  Continue reading